Notice of Request for a Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 29919-29920 [2020-10748]

Download as PDF 29919 Notices Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 97 Tuesday, May 19, 2020 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Foreign Agricultural Service Notice of Request for a Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, this notice announces the Department’s intention to revise the currently approved information collection in support of the Export Sales Reporting program. DATES: Comments should be submitted no later than July 20, 2020 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, identified by the OMB Control number 0551–0007, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Email: esr@fas.usda.gov. Include OMB Control number 0551–0007 in the subject line of the message. • Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250–1053. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Harding, 202–720–3538, Amy.Harding@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Export Sales Reporting Program of U.S. Agricultural Commodities. OMB Number: 0551–0007. Expiration Date of Approval: July 31, 2020. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: Section 602 of the Agricultural Trade Act of 1978, as amended, (7 U.S.C. 5712) requires the reporting of information pertaining to SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:57 May 18, 2020 Jkt 250001 contracts for export sale of certain specified agricultural commodities that may be designated by the Secretary of Agriculture. In accordance with Sec. 602, individual reports submitted shall remain confidential and shall be compiled and published in compilation form each week following the week of reporting. Regulations at 7 CFR part 20 provide the reporting requirements and prescribe a system for reporting information pertaining to contracts for export sales. USDA’s Export Sales Reporting System was created after the large unexpected purchase of U.S. wheat and corn by the Soviet Union in 1972. To make sure that all parties involved in the production and export of U.S. grain have access to up-to-date export information, the U.S. Congress mandated an export sales reporting requirement in 1973. Prior to the establishment of the Export Sales Reporting System, it was difficult for the public to obtain information on export sales activity until the actual shipments had taken place. This frequently resulted in considerable delay in the availability of information. Under the Export Sales Reporting System, U.S. exporters are required to report all large sales of certain designated grains, oilseeds and oilseed products by 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the next business day after the sale is made. The designated commodities for these daily reports are wheat (by class), barley, corn, grain sorghum, oats, soybeans, soybean cake and meal, and soybean oil. Large sales for all reportable commodities except soybean oil are defined as 100,000 metric tons or more of one commodity in 1 day to a single destination or 200,000 tons or more of one commodity during the weekly reporting period. Large sales for soybean oil are 20,000 tons and 40,000 tons, respectively. Weekly reports are also required, regardless of the size of the sales transaction, for all of these commodities, as well as wheat products, rye, flaxseed, linseed oil, sunflowerseed oil, cotton (by staple length), cottonseed, cottonseed cake and meal, cottonseed oil, rice (by class), cattle hides and skins (including cattle, calf, and kip), beef, and pork. The reporting week for the export sales reporting system is FridayThursday. The Secretary of Agriculture PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 has the authority to add other commodities to this list. U.S. exporters provide information on the quantity of their sales transactions, the type and class of commodity, the marketing year of shipment, and the destination. They also report any changes in previously reported information, such as cancellations and changes in destinations. The estimated total annual burden may increase due to the clarification of the reporting requirements for pork and beef to the program. Estimate of Burden: The average burden, including the time for reviewing instructions, gathering data needed, completing forms, and record keeping is estimated to be 30 minutes. Respondents: All exporters of wheat and wheat flour, feed grains, oilseeds, cotton, rice, cattle hides and skins, beef, pork, and any products thereof, and other commodities that the Secretary may designate as produced in the United States. Estimated number of respondents: 383. Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 255. Estimated Total Annual Reporting Burden: 48,833 hours. Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Connie Ehrhart, the Agency Information Collection Coordinator, at (202) 690–1578. Requests for Comments: Send comments regarding (a) whether the information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information including validity of the methodology and assumption used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. FAS is committed to compliance with the Government Paperwork Elimination Act, which requires Government agencies, in general, to provide the public the option of submitting information or transacting business electronically to the maximum extent possible. E:\FR\FM\19MYN1.SGM 19MYN1 29920 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 97 / Tuesday, May 19, 2020 / Notices Comments will be available for inspection online at http:// www.regulations.gov and at the mail address listed above between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Persons with disabilities who require an alternative means for communication of information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s Target Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TDD). Confidentiality: All submitted comments and attachments are part of the public record and subject to disclosure. Do not enclose any material in your comments that you consider to be confidential or that is inappropriate for public disclosure. Kenneth Isley, Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service. [FR Doc. 2020–10748 Filed 5–18–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–10–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Foreign Agricultural Service Notice of a Request for an Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, this notice announces the Department’s intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the Dairy Tariff-rate Import Quota Licensing program. DATES: Comments should be submitted no later than July 20, 2020 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, identified by the OMB Control number 0551–0001, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Email: Bettyann.Gonzales@ usda.gov. Include OMB Control number 0551–0001 in the subject line of the message. • Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250–1021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bettyann Gonzales, 202 720–1344, Bettyann.Gonzales@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Dairy Tariff-rate Import Quota Licensing Program. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:57 May 18, 2020 Jkt 250001 OMB Number: 0551–0001. Expiration Date of Approval: June 30, 2020. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The currently approved information collection supports the Dairy Tariff-rate Import Quota regulation (the Regulation) (7 CFR 6.20– 6.36) which governs the administration of the import licensing system applicable to most dairy products subject to tariff-rate quotas (TRQs). The TRQs were established in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) as a result of the entry into force of certain provisions in the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (Pub. L. 103–465) that converted existing absolute quotas to TRQs. Imports of nearly all cheeses made from cow’s milk (except soft-ripened cheese such as Brie) and certain non-cheese dairy products (including butter and dried milk) are subject to TRQs and the Regulation. Licenses are issued each quota year to eligible applicants and are valid for 12 months (January 1 through December 31). Only licensees may enter specified quantities of the subject dairy articles at the applicable in-quota tariffrates. Importers who do not hold licenses may enter dairy articles only at the over-quota tariff-rates. Each quota year, all applicants must submit form FAS 923 (rev. 7–96). This form, available online, requires applicants to: (1) Certify they are an importer, manufacturer or exporter of certain dairy products; (2) certify they meet the eligibility requirements of § 6.23 of the Regulation; and (3) submit documentation required by § 6.23 and § 6.24 as proof of eligibility for import licenses. Applicants for non-historical licenses must also submit form FAS 923–A (rev. 7–96) (cheese) and/or FAS 923–B (rev. 7–96) (non-cheese dairy products). This form requires applicants to request licenses in descending order of preference for specific products and countries listed on the form. After licenses are issued, § 6.26 requires licensees to surrender by October 1 on form FAS 924–A, License Surrender Form, any license amount that a licensee does not intend to enter that year. These amounts are reallocated, to the extent practicable, to existing licensees for the remainder of that year based on requests submitted on form FAS 924–B, Application for Additional License Amounts. Forms 924A and 924B require the licensee to complete a table listing the surrendered amount by license number, or listing the additional amounts requested by dairy PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 article and supplying country in descending order of preference. The estimated total annual burden of 479 hours in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) inventory for the currently approved information collection will remain at 479 hours. The public reporting burden for this collection of currently approved forms FAS 923, FAS 923–A and 923–B (one form) (rev. 7–96) is estimated to average 446 hours; and FAS 924–A and FAS 924–B (one form) is 33 hours. Estimate of burden: The average burden, including the time for reviewing instructions, gathering data needed, completing forms, and record keeping is estimated at .75 hour for form FAS 923, 923–A, 923–B (rev. 7–96) and .15 hour for form 924–A, 924–B. Respondents: Importers and manufacturers of cheese and non-cheese dairy products, and exporters of noncheese dairy products. Estimated number of respondents: 550 for form FAS 923, 923–A, 923–B (rev. 7–96) and 150 for form 924–A, 924–B (rev. 7–96), total 700. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 479 hours. Copies of this information collection may be obtained from Connie Ehrhart, the Agency Information Collection Coordinator, at (202) 690–1578. Requests for Comments: Send comments regarding (a) whether the information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information including validity of the methodology and assumption used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques, or other forms of information technology. FAS is committed to compliance with the Government Paperwork Elimination Act, which requires Government agencies, in general, to provide the public the option of submitting information or transacting business electronically to the maximum extent possible. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments also will become a matter of public record. Comments will be available for inspection online at http:// E:\FR\FM\19MYN1.SGM 19MYN1

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statements of organization and functions are examples of documents 
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Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 97 / Tuesday, May 19, 2020 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Foreign Agricultural Service


Notice of Request for a Revision of a Currently Approved 
Information Collection

AGENCY: Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, this notice 
announces the Department's intention to revise the currently approved 
information collection in support of the Export Sales Reporting 
program.

DATES: Comments should be submitted no later than July 20, 2020 to be 
assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, identified by the OMB Control number 
0551-0007, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Email: [email protected]. Include OMB Control number 0551-
0007 in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence 
Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-1053.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Harding, 202-720-3538, 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Export Sales Reporting Program of U.S. Agricultural 
Commodities.
    OMB Number: 0551-0007.
    Expiration Date of Approval: July 31, 2020.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Abstract: Section 602 of the Agricultural Trade Act of 1978, as 
amended, (7 U.S.C. 5712) requires the reporting of information 
pertaining to contracts for export sale of certain specified 
agricultural commodities that may be designated by the Secretary of 
Agriculture. In accordance with Sec. 602, individual reports submitted 
shall remain confidential and shall be compiled and published in 
compilation form each week following the week of reporting. Regulations 
at 7 CFR part 20 provide the reporting requirements and prescribe a 
system for reporting information pertaining to contracts for export 
sales.
    USDA's Export Sales Reporting System was created after the large 
unexpected purchase of U.S. wheat and corn by the Soviet Union in 1972. 
To make sure that all parties involved in the production and export of 
U.S. grain have access to up-to-date export information, the U.S. 
Congress mandated an export sales reporting requirement in 1973. Prior 
to the establishment of the Export Sales Reporting System, it was 
difficult for the public to obtain information on export sales activity 
until the actual shipments had taken place. This frequently resulted in 
considerable delay in the availability of information.
    Under the Export Sales Reporting System, U.S. exporters are 
required to report all large sales of certain designated grains, 
oilseeds and oilseed products by 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the next 
business day after the sale is made. The designated commodities for 
these daily reports are wheat (by class), barley, corn, grain sorghum, 
oats, soybeans, soybean cake and meal, and soybean oil. Large sales for 
all reportable commodities except soybean oil are defined as 100,000 
metric tons or more of one commodity in 1 day to a single destination 
or 200,000 tons or more of one commodity during the weekly reporting 
period. Large sales for soybean oil are 20,000 tons and 40,000 tons, 
respectively.
    Weekly reports are also required, regardless of the size of the 
sales transaction, for all of these commodities, as well as wheat 
products, rye, flaxseed, linseed oil, sunflowerseed oil, cotton (by 
staple length), cottonseed, cottonseed cake and meal, cottonseed oil, 
rice (by class), cattle hides and skins (including cattle, calf, and 
kip), beef, and pork. The reporting week for the export sales reporting 
system is Friday-Thursday. The Secretary of Agriculture has the 
authority to add other commodities to this list.
    U.S. exporters provide information on the quantity of their sales 
transactions, the type and class of commodity, the marketing year of 
shipment, and the destination. They also report any changes in 
previously reported information, such as cancellations and changes in 
destinations.
    The estimated total annual burden may increase due to the 
clarification of the reporting requirements for pork and beef to the 
program.
    Estimate of Burden: The average burden, including the time for 
reviewing instructions, gathering data needed, completing forms, and 
record keeping is estimated to be 30 minutes.
    Respondents: All exporters of wheat and wheat flour, feed grains, 
oilseeds, cotton, rice, cattle hides and skins, beef, pork, and any 
products thereof, and other commodities that the Secretary may 
designate as produced in the United States.
    Estimated number of respondents: 383.
    Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 255.
    Estimated Total Annual Reporting Burden: 48,833 hours.
    Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Connie 
Ehrhart, the Agency Information Collection Coordinator, at (202) 690-
1578.
    Requests for Comments: Send comments regarding (a) whether the 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
collection of information including validity of the methodology and 
assumption used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity 
of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden 
of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including 
through the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other 
technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    FAS is committed to compliance with the Government Paperwork 
Elimination Act, which requires Government agencies, in general, to 
provide the public the option of submitting information or transacting 
business electronically to the maximum extent possible.

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    Comments will be available for inspection online at http://www.regulations.gov and at the mail address listed above between 8:00 
a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.
    Persons with disabilities who require an alternative means for 
communication of information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) 
should contact USDA's Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).
    Confidentiality: All submitted comments and attachments are part of 
the public record and subject to disclosure. Do not enclose any 
material in your comments that you consider to be confidential or that 
is inappropriate for public disclosure.

Kenneth Isley,
Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-10748 Filed 5-18-20; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-10-P